Student Web 2.0 Wikispace Pages

This Site is a Wiki

This site is a "wiki," which means it is intended for everyone to have a chance to read and to contribute. For more information on wikis, please look here. A good example of a wiki that many people are familiar with is Wikipedia. Wikis can allow anyone to edit any page that they want to. While it might seem that allowing many people the ability to work on, modify, or overwrite each others work would result in chaos, it actually can work amazingly well.

This page will be a place to list, categorize and display all of the Web 2.0 tools and applications that we find and use during the course of this year. Please, add the tools and applications that you find, write a short description of what they do, create a hyperlink to the application's website and keep editing this page! This one page alone can be a valuable resource for everyone interested in finding Web 2.0 tools.

The guidelines for posting an Web 2.0 tool is that it should be open source , or free, it should be one that will be useful in The HSTE Project. If you post a Web 2.0 application, become familiar with it so that you can show it to the rest of the class. Create a new Wikispace page to show of your work and hyperlink to it in your description.

The list of Web 2.0 Applications will grow as the HSTE Project evolves.

Personal Learning Environment (PLE), RSS
RSS - RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.
Netvibes - This is a great application and I use it every day. I plan on having all students create their own PLE using Netvibes this year.
Google Reader - a free web-based reader to aggregate and read all your news and blog (RSS) feeds - Jane Hart's Review

Social Networking
Wikispaces A secure education based Wiki where students may edit content.
Ning - Create your own social network for anything. HSTE Project Ning page
MySpace - Social Network
Facebook - Social Network

Social Bookmarking
Diggo - Allows students to create groups for sharing bookmarks
del.icio.us - Share bookmarks
Tehnorati - Blog search, breaking news, photos, and videos, on the latest headlines, business, entertainment, lifestyle, politics, sports, and technology.
Feedburner - Feedburner is the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds. Web-based tools help bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the WebCool Cat Teacher article on "Tagging"

Jing Capture images and videos and share online in wiks, blogs and webpages.
Openphoto Copyright free photos.
Flickr Free digital photo uploading and storage.
Photobucket - Free digital photo uploading and storage.

Voki - Create avitars and voice messages
Gimp - GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) Is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
Screen Flow - Professional Screencasting Studio

Digital Storytelling (Mixer Tools)
VoiceThread & Ed.Voicthread - is a secure collaborative network designed for the K-12 academic environment. Examples of VoiceThreads on The Digitally Speaking PBWiki
Animoto - A web based application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using digital pictures and music.
Jumpcut - upload, edit and share your video and photos.
Our Story - Save stories, photos and videos on a collaborative timeline.
Viddler - Allows students to make video comments, tags, or to post a comment to a video previously recorded.
Vuvox - "turn your photos, video and music into professional quality presentations that can be easily shared with friends and family. " search images in flickr, google, upluad youtube video, embed code
Flektor - allows you to quickly and easily create, remix, and share your photos, videos, with others via email, on mySpace, or in your blog." Upload images and audio to create Photobooks or use advanced editing tools to create a video
Mixercast - "Create professional multimedia experiences by mixing your images, video, and sound easily with our unique templates and share across the web in one click." Powerful editing, import photos, audio, video form sites or direct upload- many templates and editing options including text overlays with hyperlinks. Can also record video from web cam.
Zude - Zude is more of a personal web portal, a place you can add media, web sites, text, and customize the layout. Media can be added simply by dropping them in from another web browser window. The feature site is quite broad, and at the same time, rather complex to use. Lots of right clicks to get menus.
Screencasting for Learning - Wes Fryer's blog post

More Flickr Tools
Not strictly a tool per se, but there are many different ways to use flickr itself as a platform for creating/sharing stories in interesting ways.
Flickr Tell A Story in 5 Frames - "Tell a Story in 5 Frames has two important parts. The first part is creating and telling a story through visual means with only a title to help guide the interpretation. The second part is the response of the group to the visual story."
Flickr Six Word Story - is "a photo with a Six Word Story in the title section of a Flickr photo. Be as inventive as possible. Have those few words tell the whole tale, and let the picture be its visual interpretation."
Flicktion - Flickr+Fiction = Flicktion. Take any single image and write a short story built around that image. Save in flickr with the tag "flicktion".
Linking Flickr Notes -Using any set of flickr photos, you can link them together via hypertext links embedded into flickr notes - the popups that appear when rolling over an image. You could weave a story together linked linearly or branching, by using these "hotspots" on images
Picture Stories Flickr Group - "Your photograph must be accompanied by a story. The story must be at least five sentences long and MUST be true - no poems or fiction please. Tell us something about your photograph, why you took it, the story behind the photograph." This is a loose fit in the 50s as it is more aimed at sharing te thoughts behind a picture.

Audo Recordings
Jott - Allows users to call in messages, reminders and it will be sent to the recipient by email, voicemail a fun program.
Remember the milk - The best way to manage your tasks.
Read the Words ReadTheWords.com began as a simple concept in January 2008: To assist students with learning disabilities with their studies, by means of auditory learning and auditory processing.
Gabcast Create audio files and podcast by using a phone on a secure channel. Then these files may added to wikis, blogs, or used to create podcsts.
Gcast A companion application to Gabcast.
Read the Words - Converts text to an audio file that can be posted on a webpage. Also uses an Avitar to read your words.
Podcast People - This is more of a tool to create podcasts including audio, video content as well as traditional "blog" posts. It could be used to serialize a story into small segments.
Blabberize - Rather simple and crude, but can be effective! Upload a picture of a frontal view of a face, mark the key points of the mouth, and record the audio. It creates a simple animation of the mouth moving to the sound of the voice.
iTunes - Apple Comptuer's MP3 player and more, a great program if you like music, video, podcats, or if you own an iPod it is almost essential.

Video Conferencing or Live Video Streams
LiveStream TV
Ustream TV Live interactive broadcasting. With ustream in just minutes you can broadcast and interact with a global audience from one to thousands! All it takes is a camera and an internet connection.
Cover It Live Secure, moderated real-time conversations.
Elluminate Real time interaction for distance learning creating a "Virtual Classroom"
Mogulus - EdStream TV
Edublogs.tv - the video hosting site dedicated to education
ooVoo - is the next evolution in online communication — a remarkably easy way to have a face-to-face video chat with friends, family or colleagues, no matter where they are in the world.
Vimeo- Making video has never been easier. Now there is a home for the videos you make.

TeacherTube Like YouTube but geared towards educators.
YouTube - upload any video and publish it to the world. I know that YouTube sometimes gets a bad rap in education due to some of the content that individuals upload, but there are some really fantastic, tutorials and other videos created by educators that are worth checking out.
Jumpcut - A powerful video editor, almost like iMovie in a web page. Import images form flickr/facebook, upload video/audio, apply transitions, titles, effects. Pretty close to iMovie in a browser but not viable for longer videos.
Splashcast - "The SplashCast service enables anyone to create streaming media ‘channels’ that mix together video, music, photos, narration, text, as well as RSS feeds, PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents." rather versatllve in the places where it can fetch media (uploads or from other sites such as flickr, YouTube). Easy, well prompted interface.
Eyespot - Offers a timeline editor to mix (and remix) media including images, videos, and audio. Includes titling, special effect, transitions, but audio is background, cannot by synced to images.
BubblePly - Load a video form any URL (e.g. YouTube, Blip.tv) and then annotate with text "bubbles"
Motionbox - Tool for uploading, sharing videos with features to create playlists and remixes of your own videos.
JayCut - Powerful features! Import photos, audio, video, and make a movie on a multi-track timeline plus transitions and effects
TubeTV - TubeTV is a freeware program for Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, and above which enables you to search for, save, and convert YouTube and many other flash videos to a format suitable for playback on your favorite devices.
Blip TV - Upload video images.

Comic Tools
Create your own comic strips or cartoons using imported media or available images. You might need ability to sketch, and these are generally shorter pieces, and were much more of a challenge to fit a story into
Gnomz - This is a fairly low level tool that will not create any visual masterpieces, but there is an interesting challenge in trying to compose with a limited tool set. It creates those pixel flat icon like figures. You create a cartoon avatar, and you pull from a library of others, and enter their speech or thought bubbles, as well as select backgrounds. The site is a bit challenging to figure out since it is in French, but click the flag in the top right to toggle the site to English.
ComicsSketch - A tool for people who can actually draw! Create all content via pen and color tools.
ToonDoo - Create your own 1, 2, or 3 panel cartoons using a library of cartoons, text bubbles. Images can be uploaded and manipulated with simple tools. Created "doos" can be combined into "ToonBooks", embedded in blogs, etc. A lot of versatility.
Kerpoof - A fun to use cartoon tools with stock shapes and character bubbles. No import of media, no audio, no ability to create links or embed code.
Bubblr - Pick flickr photos by tag or user name and put on a timeline, overlay bubbles with text.
Comiqs - Turn photos, "doodles", and text into a multipane comic strip. Import photos from flickr or upload from desktop. Add bubbles, text.

Scrapbook Tools
Less a story from point A to B, scrapbook tools provide ways to artistically organize media around a theme, which then again, can easily be a story. Often these can handle more varieties of media, but also become more complex of an interface.
Tabblo -an application to put together photos and words with styled templates into a visual collage, also creates slideshows, permissions for views, import form flickr, print services (posters etc)
Scrapblog - Create multipage collections of photos (import from 5 photo sites), decoration "stickies", videos from Youtube, and publish to several blog sites.

Slideshow Tools
Bubbleshare - Create from uploaded images, clip art library, records 30 second audio/video captions for each image. Overlay comic bubbles with text. Code to embed in blogs, web site. Options to have prints made as books, posters
Joggle - Upload images or search/upload flickr or Google for images by tag. Create Slideshows with transitions and attach background audio. Share via email, embed code.
Image Loop - Upload images from computer or flickr or upload PowerPoint files. Select from animated templates. Publish to blog or MySpace. RSS, comments.
One True Media - "...effortlessly combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your story. Quickly share with our Online Slideshow or get as creative as you want with our Video Montage." Upload images and audio for story track. Embed in blogs or directly post to YouTube/Google video, mySpace, Google Groups. Great template choices."
Rock You - "RockYou! creates and distributes the most popular self-expression widgets on the web" where widgets are slideshows, image effects, and more. Publishes to MySpace, Facebook, blogs.
Slide - "Slide lets you use photos and other digital content to publish and discover the people and things that matter to you." Import from many sources, has a good library of templates, backgrounds, effects. Can add music from library but not your own audio.
SlideFliker - SlideFlickr will help you create and embed Flickr slideshows in less than 10 seconds" for putting slideshows in your own site. Generate from flickr users, sets, groups, tags. Attach audio via mp3 url. Embed in blogs, web sites, facebook.
FlikrSlide - Embed a slideshow created from a set, group, or user in flickr. No audio.
Slideoo - creates horizontal slide shows from flickr sets ) no text or audio. Very, very easy to use.
Photoshow - turns photos into musical slideshows" - wide range of elegant templates, add captions. Audio only from music on site. Audio from list of music only
Slideroll - Create slideshows via a movie timeline- add transitions, Ken Burns like effects, titles, captions, music. Direct import photos from flickr.
WebSlides - Something really different. Turn a list of web sites (bookmarked) into a nicely pesented web slide show. Notes can be added, content can be tagged, and it has an audio track.

Timeline Tools
The main organizing metaphor for these tools is by time/date that can explored in any order. Events are placed on a timeline, and might include text, hyperlinks, images, etc.
Dandelife - Generate a timeline of any kind of event in your life, write as blog-like entry, apply tags, attach images, videos, bookmarks form other web service sites. Not the easiest tool to use
Our Story - Write a 'story' which is what happened on a date in time, add pictures, video, and OurSotry creates a timeline. Imports flickr photos.
Xtimeline - Powerful and well designed timeline. Attach images or embed media to any entry, provide source info (for historical timelines?), tags. Can import data from Excel/CSV files
CircaVie - Timeline tool with video and audio

Skype - communicate with friends over the internet.
iChat - iChat turns any video chat into an event. Video backdrops, Photo Booth effects, photo slideshows, Keynote presentations, even movies on your Mac — you can share it all using iChat
Chatzy - Useful for Backchannel communications during presentations. Your Chat room can be secured with a password and limited to those who you wish to participate in your chat sessions.
Twitter - a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected
YouthTwitter - Like Twitter but for students, can be moderated.
Plurk - Like Twitter, but with a timeline, it gives it a different look and feel than Twitter.
Summize - Conversation search for Twitter. Just use "#" before a subject in your Twitter "tweet" that relates to your subject like #NECC2008 and summnize will recognize your tag. Summize also works with YouthTwitter. A great tool!

Mapping Tools
These tools are useful for stories or presentations that are tied to locations over a distance, such as a travel trip or a historical accounting. See also http://www.storymapping.org/ and Find a Story... Map a Story... Tell a Story...
Mapwing - A tool really designed for created linked tours or annotated drawings/maps- generate a base map by importing or drawing, add nodes, each with a view looking in 4 directions, captions, link together.
Wayfaring - Annotate a map with three kinds of tools- a waypoint (one that can be used in multiple maps), a note, or a path/route. The flow of the story is less apparent, unless one does it with a combination of routes to show a path.

Google Applications
I have not spent any time learning Google Applications yet, so this is an area where you can show me what Google Applications are, how they work and how we can use them in the HSTE Project.
Google Apps
Google Reader - a free web-based reader to aggregate and read all your news and blog (RSS) feeds - Jane Hart's Review
Google Docs - a hosted service where you can create, store and share documents. You can work on your own or collaboratively. You can also import docs from MS Office and Open Office. Google Docs has recently added presentation functionality
Google Calendar - Web based calendar.
Google Alerts - Google Alerts provides you with email updates of latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. For instance if you want to keep up with news about e-learning, type that in as your search term and you will receive notifications of all new Google results that contain that search term. You can also manage the alerts you receive, for example how often you want to receive them.
Google My Maps - Associate steps of your stories with locations on a map. Editing each one allows annotation of locations with mages (e.g. using links from flickr), and other rich text features. Now they provide cut and paste code (via the "Link to this Page") so you can embed the maps in any web page
Google Earth - Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.
Google Notebook - Google Notebook lets you clip and collect information as you browse the web, organise it in notebooks and then share them with others. Quick Start Guide to Google Notebook from Wesley Fryer.
Google Sky - Great views of the stars
Google Sketchup - Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create, modify and share 3D models. It's easier to learn than other 3D modeling programs, which is why so many people are already using it.
Google Templates

Polling Tools
Poll Everywhere - It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere.
Polldaddy - lets you create stunning polls and surveys
Survey Monkey - SurveyMonkey has a single purpose: to enable anyone to create professional online surveys quickly and easily.

Television on the Web
Hulu - Watch Television on your computer

Course and Learning Management Systems
Moodle - an Open Source CMS. One of my favorite applications we use Moodle in our school district at HISD Online Learning .
Drupal - an open source content management platform.

Medical & Anatomy Tools
The Visible Body
Math Applications
GeoGebra - a free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for schools that joins geometry, algebra and calculus

Open Source Software Development
Source Forge
School Computing
Open Source Software for Macs
College Home - 55,000 courses available for the taking
K12 Open Source Wikispace - Steve Hargadon

Hereford ISD Quick Tips
101 Web 2.0 Tutorials
Apple - Mac Applications

Zamzar - Free file conversion application

Mr. Peters' Favorite Web 2.0 Applications
  • Netvibes
  • Twitter
  • Wikispaces
  • Ning
  • Summize
  • Skype
  • VoiceThread
  • Animoto
  • Jing
  • Moodle
  • Flickr
  • YouTube
  • UstreamTV
  • Elluminate
  • Gabcast
  • Facebook
  • Voki

I chose not to number my favorites because it is hard to choose. Many of these applications I use every day.

Many thanks to Allen Levine who blogs at CogDogRoo and his wikispace 50 way to tell a Web 2.0 Story Wikispace for many of these Web 2.0 applicaitons that I found on his wikispace page. Thanks also goes to Jane Hart and her Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies Top 100 Tools for Learning 2008.